Fauci calls Biden’s COVID-19 rules ‘moderate’

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Fauci calls Biden's COVID-19 rules 'moderate'

President Biden was “trying to be moderate” when he announced new COVID-19 rules for businesses and government workers across the country, according to his chief medical adviser.

“I think the president is being somewhat moderate in his demand, if you want to call it that, in that there are some people who really don’t want to get vaccinated, but they don’t want to lose their job,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “You’ve got to give them an off lane. … So it really is somewhat of a compromise there.” 

In comments to CNN following the president’s Thursday speech, Fauci also said Biden is “clearly frustrated” when it comes to the country’s battle against the coronavirus.

The Labor Department would issue emergency rules requiring all businesses with more than 100 employees to have proof of vaccination for their employees or weekly negative COVID test results, said Biden who is requiring all federal government workers to be vaccinated.

U.S. President Joe Biden, visits Brookland Middle School and delivers remarks about how the Administration is helping to keep students safe from Covid-19 in classrooms in Washington, DC on Friday, September 10, 2021.
President Biden was “trying to be moderate” when he announced new COVID-19 rules for businesses and government workers across the country.
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Some Republican governors who view the rules as draconian, have promised to take Biden to court.

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